I’ve been kind of a collector of great quotes and aphorisms for a while now. There is presentation I did for Ignition a few years ago where I collected them. So, here are few I’ve been using now. E. B. White would have loved this copy from a London newspaper advertisment for Lord Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic National Expedition.
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success. Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1900
For the Coolidge quote I’m indebted to Dave Cutler who found it on his tray during an Alaska Airlines flight and inspired us at a staff meeting during the hard days of early Windows NT.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent genius will not; un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge, 1932
Who couldn’t like this one from Winston Churchill.
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill – October 29, 1941
The Joy Luck Club. Probably my favorite book, it is like reading about my childhood. Connie’s for that matter as well. I have to get the exact quote right sometime.
“What kind of torture do Chinese people do”, I asked. My mom said, “Chinese torture hard, very cruel, Chinese torture best torture. Much better than American torture.” Page 91 of the hard cover book.
He’s my hero. His writing was so lean and spare. It is hard to believe he died in 1988. Seems like just yesterday I discovered him. For me, his is a life that I
could have had, but was lucky enough not to. My favorite quote
A Small, Good Thing
There are all kinds of love in this world,
but never the same love twice.